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Adam it's the same principle as a 'stuff bag' for a coil of rope. It will come out the reverse it went in... and, as you suggest, if the sheets/guys/halyards are not released they can't get twisted about in the bag.
We sailed a Martin 242 with this setup for years with no snags. It's important that you have no sharp 'grabbers' or pinch points on the boom/rig in the hoist/douse path. It is a bit more effort to haul the kite up against the sail and at times the shroulds, but with no tear points it seemed to not be a problem.
On the hoist, halyard full up, sail in lee of main, pull guy through till you fetch up the pole, and trim for pole angle (height was preset) and only then trim the sheet as it fills.
On the douse, grab the sheet under the boom, release the guy and let it run through.. gather the entire foot if you can (you may need to ease the halyard a few feet) then with the clews together haul the sail down and stuff the 'tube' in the bag, leaving everything attached.
If you find yourself forced to hoist on the opposite gybe from the takedown, you can do a windward set, but that requires some agile crew, otherwise grab the bag with sheets/halyard attached, and walk the entire thing around the front of the boat, rehang the bag and you're good to go.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)